They may not be all big names and superstars, but the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be very serious about overhauling their defense with good, veteran, character based players. It appears that they’ll have four new starting defensive backs going into the 2013 season. Bradley Fletcher and Patrick Chung who were singed on day one of NFL Free Agency and now cornerback Cary Williams of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and former New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips.
Williams has agreed to a three-year $17 million deal with the Eagles that includes $10.5 million guaranteed in the first two years and $2 million more in incentives. Williams at 6 foot 1, 190 pounds, is thought of as a big, physical impact cornerback who can perhaps anchor a secondary. This past season with the Ravens, Williams finished with four interceptions (one for a touchdown), 75 tackles and a sack. He also had an interception in the 2012 AFC Championship Game to help seal Baltimore’s trip to the Super Bowl.
Phillips at 6 foot 2, 217 pounds, signed for a one year deal with Philadelphia, but had his share of injury problems with Giants last season playing in only seven games. When healthy however, Phillips can be a big play safety who had four interceptions, 82 tackles and a forced fumble during the Giants’ 2012 Super Bowl winning season. Phillips can also earn more cash beyond next season if proves to be durable as well as effective. The Eagles are indeed rebuilding their defense, but with the additions of Williams, Phillips, Chung and Fletcher to bolster their secondary unit, they are off to a pretty decent start.